Richard Ferguson

Mitchell forced into changes for Lions

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Bulls, Lions, Original Content, Super Rugby on 11 Apr 2012 at 12:07
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The Lions have announced their team to face the Bulls at the weekend, with a few changes due to both injuries and form, with Stephan Greef replacing the injured Paul Willemse in the second row and Ross Cronje coming onto the bench for Michael Bondesio, who is injured yet again.

Other changes include Butch James dropping to the bench, with Alwyn Hollenbach shifting to 12 and Jaco Taute coming back into the midfield to wear the 13 jersey. The impressive Andries Coetzee shifts from wing to fullback while James Kamana comes into the starting line up from the bench.

Callie Visagie replaces Martin Bezuidenhuot in the middle of the front row, while CJ van der Linde comes onto the bench after a lengthy injury lay off, and joins Marius Coetzer and Doppies le Roux as the rest of the forward cover. Lionel Mapoe is the other back cover on the bench.

Lions: Andries Coetzee, Deon van Rensburg, Jaco Taute, Alwyn Hollenbach, James Kamana, Elton Jantjies, Tian Meyer, Josh Strauss (Capt), Derrick Minnie, Baywatch Grobbelaar, Franco van der Merwe, Stephan Greeff, Pat Cilliers, Callie Visagie, Caylib Oosthuizen.

Reserves: Martin Bezuidenhout, CJ van der Linde, Marius Coetzer, Doppies le Roux, Ross CronjΓ©, Butch James, Lionel Mapoe.


  • Gonna be a blo(u)w out!

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.04.12 12:54:37 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • Started the season with so much hope πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.04.12 12:58:35 by hendrikp Reply

  • They are performing worse than I expected but they could still turn the season into a moderately successful one. I would cheer them on (as long as they lose against the sharks at home!).

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.04.12 13:03:50 by King Shark Reply
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  • @King Shark (Comment 3) :

    Couldn’t do any worse… I mean they are dead last, and the Blues are the more likely team to start climbing up the table.

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.04.12 13:05:51 by hendrikp Reply

  • Poor Lions. It’s going to be interesting to see what happens with regard to their players going to the Kings etc.

  • Comment 5, posted at 11.04.12 13:05:56 by StevieS Reply
  • If the Lions get kicked out of SR ill still come on here and laugh at you lot asking why the sharks cant win anything …

  • Comment 6, posted at 12.04.12 08:40:27 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 6) :

    The Lions aren’t going anywhere.. don’t worry about it..

  • Comment 7, posted at 12.04.12 08:41:33 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 7) :

    ATM in not sure if thats a good or a bad thing TBH πŸ˜›

  • Comment 8, posted at 12.04.12 08:45:07 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 7) :

    I agree, I cant see the Lions getting kicked out. The Kings dont have any player pool despite them saying they are going to recruit overseas players particularly from Europe to help fill their squad. Infact we are actually seeing the opposite – exodus of players to Europe – and I fear the floodgates will open even further soon if the Salary Cap in the Premiership expands. Even if they recruit some players, we have seen that depth is crucial and that is one thing the Kings wont have.

    If the Lions do get relegated most of their players will move to other unions, abroad or elsewhere and maybe only a clutch to the Kings. The Lions players are also contracted to the Golden Lions and so thus they have the right to refuse them playing superrugby at the Kings I would imagine.

    There are also legal issues. While SARU claim that the Kings are already in Superrugby there are im sure contractual obligations that SARU have to the Lions already embedded in the current contract which could constitute a breach. I am sure a shrewd lawyer could find a few loopholes to instigate legal proceedings which could take a few years – with appeals etc.

  • Comment 9, posted at 12.04.12 09:19:41 by Pat Reply

  • @Pat (Comment 9) : well, with the SA franchise agreements up for renewal, SARU, if not obligated to give the GLRU first right of refusal, they can re-structure the franchises as they choose.

  • Comment 10, posted at 12.04.12 10:20:03 by Megatron Reply


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